The 1st Annual Short Course Showdown was held at Trackside Hobbies in Milwaukee, WI April 23-25. This event was directed and announced by World Famous Scotty Ernst. Representatives from all the major short course manufacturers were in attendance including Kyosho, Team Associated, Losi, HPI, and Traxxas. The total entries for the event reached an amazing 248, making this the largest short course race in the World.
West Coast R/C Raceway and Hobby Garage in La Mirada, CA have announced their first race dedicated entirely to the Short Course truck genre. The two day event, which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of May, includes 3 rounds of qualifying on Saturday with a final round on Sunday as well as the main events. Qualifying will be based on a point format, with drivers receiving points based on their finish in each round with their best two rounds going towards their qualifying score. Triple A-Mains will be utilized in all classes to maximize the battles in each division. The Short Course Race is about more than just stiff competition, it’s also about family fun and friendly competition for drivers of all skill levels. A quick glance at the entry form shows classes ranging from Beginner and Sportsman Spec, where drivers are required to use the majority of the low cost RTR parts and electronics, up to their Expert West Coast Unlimited division in which top tier drivers will battle with heavily modded machines to determine who is top dog with an electric trophy truck.
Rules and regulations as well as the entry form can be found here.
ROAR today announced the 2010 competition and exhibition classes to be contested at the 2010 Electric off-road national championship. The class structure is a return to stock and open tradition of buggy and truck, while 4wd buggy will compete as an open division. Two new championship crowns will be awarded for 2wd short course truck in both stock and open divisions with the 4×4 short course truck debuting as a demonstration class.
2WD Stock Buggy
2WD Open Buggy (IFMAR Qualification Class)
2WD Stock Truck
2WD Open Truck
2WD Stock Short Course Truck
2WD Open Short Course Truck
4WD Open Buggy (IFMAR Qualification Class)
4WD Open Short Course Truck (Demonstration Class)
Stock divisions will race using the ROAR sportsman participant national guidelines (PDF) and 17.5 brushless motor specifications. Open divisions can utilize any 1:10 class motor approved and published on the ROAR products listing 14 days prior to the start of the event. The 2010 ROAR off-road national championship is scheduled for August 19-22, 2010 hosted by Leisure Hours R/C Raceway in Joliet, Illinois USA. Event registration opens May 20, 2010 and racers may register online here.
Last weekend’s Cactus Classic race saw AKA debut their two new SC tires, which we wrote about previously, the Wishbone and the Enduro at the event. Mark Pavidis posted the fastest time in Short Course qualifying and started in second for the main. Two laps into the 15 minute final Mark took the lead and never looked back. Mark took the top spot on the podium followed by team mate Joe Pillars who finished third overall. Some competitors questioned using the small Wishbone tread on such a high bite and abrasive track condition, but the pictures prove that AKA’s long wearing proprietary rubber compounds proved the competition wrong and finished with tread to spare. Click here for images of Mark’s truck
Hosted by R/C Madness in Enfield, CT, the Inaugural Short Course Nationals brought together racers from across the country to compete in the first all-Short-Course event. Normally piggybacked with another event, the promoters created an event that stood alone and catered just to the growing Short-Course racing crowd with seven separate classes. As major supporters of the Short Course class, Team Associated sent out factory representative Scott Brown as both an ambassador and racer to promote and assist fellow participants. Scott has been involved in R/C for years and is the owner of Tacoma R/C Raceway near Seattle, WA so his experience in the hobby runs deep. Utilizing his Team Associated SC10 and SC8, Scott brought home the victories in the top classes, taking the win in Electric 2WD Open with his Reedy/LRP powered SC10 and in 4WD Nitro with his Reedy 121 VR-powered SC8. Scott also participated in the fledgling class of 4WD E-Conversion Open and again piloted his SC8e to victory using Reedy power.